When I first read todays topic of discussion I thought it was going to be hard for me to think of five things that drove me crazy, but once I started thinking I actually came up with a lot more than just five and had to cut my list down!
When there are more swear words coming out of the characters mouths than anything else I usually stop reading. I just don’t see the need for it. PG-13 movies only allow 1-2 F words before it becomes R, if books followed this same rule it would put a good chunk of YA books in the R rated category.
2. Explicit sexual content
I understand that this is young adult books we’re talking about here, which are bound to contain sexual content on some level or another. I just don’t want to read every excruciating detail of it.
3. Unnecessary Violence
I’m a pretty big wimp when it comes to blood and gore. Yes, I have read The Hunger Games (who hasn’t?) And yes they were the most violent books I’ve ever read in my life. But violence was essential to the plot, without the violence there would have been no books. It’s got to be essential to the plot line in some way, if it’s just thrown into a story to make the readers squirm than I’m not going to put myself through it.
There nothing that disconnects me from a character more than stereotyping. I want the heroes and heroins of my books to be unique individuals whom I can relate with or look up to. I don’t want some cookie cutter personality that I’ve read about a hundred times before. I find this happens most often with side characters, just because there not in the leading role doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be well rounded, and personable characters.
I know I’m not alone on this one! Insta-Love seems to be one of the most loathed topics of YA right now. Almost any book review you read either says “No insta-love here” or “I really liked this book, except for the insta-love.” Relationships take time, we want to see the characters slowly fall for each other not look into one another’s eyes and head for the altar.